I’m excited to begin our work tomorrow evening with the annual NVC Season Preview. (7pm at the First Baptist Church on Littleton Common, then social time at the Pub on the Common). We’ll read through some sections of the Mozart Mass in C Minor and the Verdi Requiem. One thing that these two amazing works have in common: the “notes”, per se, are not that difficult (neither approaches Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with its steep learning curve). But both are so so so difficult to sing well. Here are a couple of spot-on comments:
“Mozart’s music is particularly difficult to perform. His admirable clarity exacts absolute cleanness: the slightest mistake in it stands out like black on white. It is music in which all the notes must be heard.” (Gabriel Fauré)
“For a chorus, the Verdi Requiem ranks with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the Bach B-Minor Mass as one of the toughest. Verdi demands great extremes of sound, from triple pianissimos to the most thunderous fortissimos you’ll ever hear. The harmonies — as always in Verdi — are tightly together, and the music is an absolute bear to keep in tune.” (Phil Greenfield, Baltimore Sun)
It will make for an interesting and engaging season, working on these two masterpieces – I hope to see you all at rehearsal on September 13, rarin’ to go!
BTW, if you’re marking your plans for the year in your calendar, our rehearsal and performance schedule for the fall is posted on the website (hover over Blog).